Mr. Yudof apparently was having rental problems at his $13,000+ per month rental home in the Oakland hills --rent that UC pays for--- in fact, this article says UCOP recently paid for repairs on the rental home and that UC staff were used in negotiations with his landlord over repairs and security deposits... hhhmmm.
$600,000.00 has already gone out over the last two years on Yudoff rent and housing expenses.
Mr. Yudof is now living in Lafayette-it is half the size but still costs UC $11,000 per month- the reason UC paid for his Oakland home was because he had to "fulfill his obligation to host functions for staff members, donors and visiting dignitaries" - we wonder how many staff and students will be going out to Lafayette for UC events Yudof hosts in the future- seriously!- LAFAYETTE!!!?!?! -- unbelievable. Why is UC still paying for the rent on that suburban dwelling which is so far from UCOP headquarters in Oakland and far from any campus business in Berkeley- who is going to travel through the major multi year Caldecott Tunnel construction or already congested back roads for a visit? Donors and VIPs prefer to be on campus or at UCOP, by the bay-- not off in an inland suburb on the county line.
Yudof refers to his former landlord - as the "landlord from hell" - his name is Brennan Mulligan and he is a fellow Cal Alum so, Go Bears, Mr. Mulligan! btw, I've heard more than a few folks refer to Yudof as the UC Pres from hell, just sayin'. UC General Counsel makes calls to the landlord too!!!WTF!!!
It is interesting how Yudof changed his mind on settlement after The Bay Citizen newspaper filed a public-records request for information about the university’s expenditures on the house. Also, why would you rent a home in the hills with so many stairs in the first place if your poor wife has bad knees? Not exactly a planner, we guess...
Blake House is the UC President home in Kensington (also an estate students of environmental design and landscape architecture study at) that Mark Yudof described this way: "they have a president’s house, it needed $8 million of repairs and I decided that was not the way to go. Why the heck would I ever authorize $8 million for a house I didn’t want to live in anyhow?"
Blake House and Garden development began in the early 1920s when Anson Siles Blake and his wife Anita Day Symmes of Berkeley sought a new site for their home in order to make way for the university's proposed football stadium. It is a 13,239-square-foot mansion in Kensington with 10 acres of land, gorgeous Mediterranean gardens and sweeping views of the bay. In 1957 the Blakes deeded their house and garden to the University, and title passed to the University upon Anson Blake's death in 1962. Five years later, Blake House officially became the UC President's residence.
Five years ago there were complaints about the cost of upkeep on Blake House see this article. Now, we are paying for Blake House as a UC property and not using it for UC functions -- and also paying for housing and expenses at another luxury home in the Oakland Hills-- and now Lafayette. Why?!
I am currently watching a documentary called Saving the Bay.
Mrs. Catherine Kerr (wife of former UC President Clark Kerr) had a huge hand in saving the bay and developing the Save the Bay Foundation during her husband's term as UC President.
Mrs. Kerr is quoted as saying that she looked at the bay from her home - I believe on Grizzly Peak Road and at Blake House- and could see the devastation occurring to the bay due to infill/dumping. Mrs. Kerr knew that it needed to be saved. Her contribution to saving the bay and the bay area through creation of the McAteer Petris Act is immense. She did so, in part, through the use of her husband's status and her connections at UC. It was for a public good, rather than a private indulgence. I highly recommend watching the full four hour documentary. It is narrated by Robert Redford and has won four Emmy awards.
Both Yudof and Kerr hail from Pennsylvania.
Kerr gave us some of the golden years of UC- turbulent, painful, and also golden and he was fired by Gov. Reagan.
Yudof,a man who prides himself on being a Philadelphia lawyer, instead is like gum on our shoe.
The contrast is striking!
It is remarkable to me how far we have fallen in what we expect of our UC Presidents.
My hope is that one day we will have a UC President who will understand the true value and meaning of UC to California and values its natural resources- like 1.2 million gallons of water! A president who will truly use a president's home for meeting members of the UC community on a frequent basis as intended- not someone who merely holds 23 functions over a 24 month period- a future UC President who will be able to appreciate the history of Blake House and the restoration of Blake House and Gardens.
"If the University were a business, it would likely be the largest corporation in California."
"If The University Were A Business, It Would Likely Be The Largest Corporation In California"-Regents Minutes (2010)